Who are we
Hywel Dda Community Health Council (CHC) forms a local link between those who run the National Health Service in Wales and those who use it.
Hywel Dda CHC has 36 (12 per county) Full Members and can also co-opt additional non-voting members, which include voluntary representatives from the local community. All members, with the exception of co-opted members, are appointed by the Minister for Health and Social Services with one quarter nominated by the Local Authority, one quarter from the Voluntary sector and one half directly selected by the Minister.
CHC is the independent NHS consumer council. They were established in 1974 to monitor and review the operation of local health services and to recommend improvements. CHCs have a legal duty to represent the interests of patients and the public in the NHS.
What the Community Health Council does
- Monitors the quality of local service
- Makes suggestions for improving the quality of healthcare
- Acts as a patient advocate by providing advice, information and assistance in making a complaint
- Listen to your opinions
How Does Your Community Health Council Represent You?
- Listen to the views of the public and patients
- Visit and inspect hospitals and other health service buildings
- Conduct independent surveys to find out the views of the patient and the public
- Involve people in local consultations
- Respond to consultation on changes to local health services
- recommend improvements to local services